A few weeks ago we featured a Country Squire wagon that surprised a few commenters when bidding topped $11K. We were all surprised though when it ultimately sold for $15,000. Well, here is something more reasonably priced, although needing some work. It is a 1969 Mercury Colony Park 10-passenger station wagon and there are few other classic cruisers that can haul the whole colony for less.
This brochure says it all, “Mercury Marquis Colony Park: If Lincoln Continental made a station wagon, this would be it.”
The wagon is equipped with the 2-barrel version of the 429 V-8 and the typical three-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission. It has spent the last four years in California after the seller, who is an automotive journalist, drove it from Arkansas to New Jersey, then on to Florida, for a road-trip feature for the UK publication, Classic American. From Florida, it was shipped to California, where it has basically sat. He did replace one of the exhaust manifolds when he got the car back to California at a cost of $1,100 (the repair shop broke off a stud and charged to fix their mistake).
The interior, other than being dusty, is in remarkably good shape, testimony to the durability of the vinyl used in these Nixon-era land yachts. The only flaw that should be repaired is the crack in the crash pad. It is fully equipped including power windows and 6-way power seats.
The seats fold flat and out back you will find Ford’s innovative dual facing rear seats. This feature allowed the driver to transport the entire starting line up of a Little League team. The tailgate can open as a door with the window up or down and also drops down as a conventional tailgate, a strong selling point of full-size Ford and Mercury station wagon when new.
The car is operable and even the motorized headlights still work. The car is also claimed to be straight and virtually rust-free. As the photos show, the paint and vinyl “DiNoc” wood could use some refreshing. You could replace the stickers, but we would probably just polish it up and drive.
Many experts feel that full-size American station wagons are on the rise in collector car circles given that they resonate so well with baby boomers and are still affordable. Also, as they share their mechanical parts and many body panels with similar sedans and hardtops, they remain relativity easy to restore.
This 125,524-mile 1969 Mercury Colony Park station wagon can be yours for $5,500 or best offer. At that price, you get a car that is almost as long as a RV and the seller will even install a new set of tires (three are currently flat from sitting in storage). The seller states that if you would rather install your own, the price would drop to $5,200. If you are interested, email us for the seller’s contact information.